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Aussie shooting star makes Olympic history

  • Aussie shooting star makes Olympic history

    Aislin Jones will be the youngest Australian shooter to compete at an Olympic Games.

We've all heard of a son of a gun, but Aislin Jones is something else.

By her own father's admission, Australia's youngest-ever Olympic shooting representative is the daughter of a B grade scattergun.

"She's got talent far beyond mine," Dave Jones told AAP after his 16-year-old's historic selection for Rio on Friday.

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"It's more a social outlet for me, but it's taken her a long way.

"It's awesome, fantastic."

But while Jones remains only an average shot, his daughter wouldn't be off to the Olympics if she didn't tag along with her father four years ago to the Bairnsdale Field and Game Club in Victoria's Gippsland.

"It's unbelievable," she said.

"I followed my dad around the local gun club for a little while and when the opportunity came, I got my shot and got my gun licence and I haven't looked back."

But Rio only entered her mind in late December before the January selection trials.

"It's amazing. I don't think it's quite sunk in yet," said the shooting star in every sense of the word.

Now coached by three-times Commonwealth Games gold medallist and 2004 Athens Olympian Lauryn Mark, Jones is making no bold predictions as she prepares to compete against the best women's shooters in the world in Brazil.

"Ultimately I just want to go there and say I've done my best," Jones said.

Born seven months before the Sydney Olympics, Jones is a year younger than Peter Papps was when he represented Australia in the men's rapid-fire 25m pistol at the 1956 Melbourne Games aged 17.

She was one of 16 shooters named on Friday, taking Australia's Olympic contingent so far to 85 athletes across seven sports.

Two more will be named after teenager Mitchell Iles' appeal against his non-selection for the men's trap is heard in the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Iles is challenging Adam Vella and Michael Diamond, who is hoping to make his seventh Olympics.

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